How to Get Your Board of Directors on the Same Page

In board meetings, directors outline their different perspectives and debate different ideas in order to reach the right decision on key issues. These may include the company’s policies, managerial appointments or even addressing emergencies. It’s more difficult than it appears to reach a compromise. In reality, it’s almost impossible to make any major decision without the full support of your board members, and getting them all on the same level can be a difficult endeavor.

The first step is to establish an organizational structure to ensure that each meeting produces maximum results. This includes distributing the meeting materials at least a week prior to the meeting to allow attendees time to read and understand them. In addition many boards now follow the practice of holding an internal meeting that is brief prior to the actual board meeting at which they discuss agenda items prior to the meeting.

The next step is to ensure that the objectives of the meeting are clearly stated. This will help keep the focus and stimulate discussion while ensuring that the board’s decision-making process is transparent and efficient.

Encourage participation by asking for feedback at the conclusion of every meeting. This will help identify and address any challenges in the way your board works, and will keep them on track toward reaching their goals. It is best carried out through surveys, anonymous polls, or facilitated discussions.